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Yingli is set to list shares on the NYSE in early June under the symbol YGE.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
As much as I get excited about biodiesel, I can't help but have a real problem with the deforestation that is the current result.
Palm oil puts squeeze on Asia's endangered orangutan
Sunday, May 27, 2007
When I was first looking into solar stocks, I was frustrated with the difficulty in finding a good list of the companies that were available. Below is a sample of what I've put together, it lists the companies and updated data from Yahoo! Finance, along with useful links. I'm hoping that visitors in the know will pass me additional relevant companies to add to the list, as currently there are only PV manufacturers available on the list. I'd like to compile a list of, say, inverter manufacturers who stand to benefit from the current rapid international growth of Solar Installations.
Posted by Don P at 12:27 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
So, Al Gore is using the energy of 10 average families at his home.
I've noticed how powerful of a statement it is to call Al Gore a Hypocrite for his energy use. I've seen that it strikes a chord with people across the spectrum, as I've heard it come up in converstations with hard-core, true-blue alt-energy enthusiasts, as well as your run of the mill fossil loving Conservatives.
What can I say in response? Well, certainly any response takes more time to spell out that the original statement of hypocrisy, and is alot more complicated.
In the end, it comes down to this for me.
Al Gore is a leader of a movement. As such, he's a target. His opponents attack his energy use as hypocritical, letting him be an example of one who stands up against them. They themselves, since they do not say that they support any change in energy consumption, do not risk any appearance of hypocrisy in their own consumption.
While I think that Gore needs to be very careful in his consumption, I'd say also to those on the other side:
"Lay off the assaults on Gore's energy use. Gore is a free economic participant. He is making use of resources as he can, just as you and I are. Capitalism demands that he be free to make his own choices, and your pseudo-moral judgements on his energy use are misguided.
I've heard so many times from the Right that the "environmentalists" are pushing a socialist agenda to stop western economic growth. I call "Bullshit." Nothing will stop economic growth more thoroughly than an economy which leads to environmental conditions which are unable to sustain the population of people that makes up the economy. Likewise, Nothing will put the brakes on an economy like a major disruption in the distribution of Energy to diverse economic players.
The change that Gore is talking about is the mitigation of both of these tremendous risks, and in the end, the goal is not for any one of us to have a lower standard of living, but to have an excellent standard of living in which environmental sustainability is not needlessly at risk.
To attack Gore is the true hypocrisy, as he is an example of a person doing their best work to solve a problem, while the attacker acts simply as one who has no answers, and so lashes out blindly at those who try."
Posted by Don P at 11:15 PM
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
1. Global Warming. It is real, and the solution must start now with the efforts of all available economic participants. Climate Change spanning even just the next few human lifespans stands to create intra- and international pressures which place at risk the modern World Economy. Large scale integration of environmental refugees cannot be resolved without the most powerful, and prepared of Economies.
2. It is simple physical fact that there is No Economy without Energy. The vast American and World Economies of today are totally dependent on a steady supply of energy to produce and transport a staggering quantity of goods. Without a substantial domestic energy supply, the economic capacity of The United States, and thus the world, is at risk.
3. As there is no economy without Energy, also, there is also no National Security without a Robust Domestic Energy Capacity. Wars cannot be fought without a Strong Domestic Economy to provide for the troops. In addition, America's addiction to Foreign Oil risks forcing us to become militarily involved in conflicts that are otherwise best avoided. No military can long remain strong when forced by Basic Economic Necessity to intervene in, or to manufacture external conflicts for purposes of assuring a long-term supply of Energy.
4. America's Oil Demand directly contradicts its best interest by providing a ready source of funding to any nation which is able to bring Oil to the Market. This dependence forces America into a position of diplomatic weakness on the world scene. This relationship also serves to assure a steady flow of America Dollars to nations such as Iran, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia. These nations do not have America's Best Interest in mind, yet leadership of these nations have undue influence on American Foreign Policy due to their possession of needed energy resources.
Fossil Fuels are incredibly diverse in their capacity to provide energy resources to suit any need. They will not be replaced by one or two technologies or products. The transition away from these Energy Sources will require a broad array of solutions, depending on the particular niche in question.
Solar Energy fills one of those niches, and has many unique advantages, of which a few follow:
1. Solar energy allows for decentralized energy production. Not only is this advantageous in terms of national security, but it provides for a tremendous potential world market, where rural, off-grid energy sources are a viable alternative to Fossil Energy Importation, or to expensive long-distance hook-ups to centralized power sources.
2. Solar Technologies have proven effective and reliable over many years. Photovoltaic Panels have very long lifespans, and the energy payoff over the panel's lifespan is significant.
3. Solar Panels scale well to residential applications. Given a condusive market, homeowners and developers will have a new opportunity to add value to their investments in real-estate, while at the same time supporting the reduction of the nation's Carbon Footprint. America's recently booming Housing Market would be well served by a new way to add value to existing investments.
It is my firm belief that America, and the strength of the American Economy, stands to benefit greatly by understanding and acknowledging the problems at hand, and as has been done in other cases, by stepping up to find the solutions through dedication to Innovation and Hard Work.
The question is not whether we can do it, but whether we will choose to do it.
It should also be noted that several influencial players in the rest of the world are not waiting for the United States to make a move. If America does not Innovate, then others will, and those others will gain the benefit of that Effort.
So, what is AmericanSolarEconomy about?
Simple. I am working to provide a repository for information related to America's growing Solar and Alt-Energy Economy. A large part of this is in the news of the day, where we see evidence on a daily basis of Individuals, Corporations, and Governments that are standing up and taking action. I am also working to support the case and the industry through selected links to a broad range of informational resources throughout the web.